Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki paces Mavs past Lakers

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki had a fabulous all-around game
with 23 points, 14 rebounds and tied a career-high with eight assists to pace
Dallas to a 110-101 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Josh Howard had 29 points and Jason Terry scored 26 to go along with nine
assists for the Mavericks, who won for the ninth time in their last 10 home

Devin Harris had 14 points before fouling out for Dallas, which shot a
season-best 60 percent from the field.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 of his game-high 33 points in the second half for the
Lakers, who had a three-game winning streak broken.

Before the game, the Lakers got some bad news on forward Lamar Odom. He
sprained his right knee Tuesday night in a victory at Houston and will be out
a month.

Although the Lakers never led, they stayed close until the early part of the
fourth quarter.

Jordan Farmar’s jumper tied the game at 83 for the Lakers in the opening
minute of the final period. Buckets by Harris and Terry gave the Mavs a four-
point lead and LA could only get within two the rest of the way.

Bryant’s two free throws made it 87-85 with 9:09 remaining. However, Howard
countered with a three-point play, and after Nowitzki blocked a Bryant shot,
Terry banged in a three. Howard’s running shot extended the margin to 95-85
with 7:19 remaining.

Dallas led by as many as 14 down the stretch.

Luke Walton ended with 13 points for the Lakers, who also got 12 points apiece
from Farmar and Smush Parker.

The Mavs scored the game’s first eight points and led 33-21 after 12 minutes.
The Lakers closed within 56-47 at the half and were behind only 83-81 going
into the fourth.

The Lakers and Bryant overcame a scary moment with 3:31 left in the third,
when Bryant drove to the basket before falling to the floor and colliding with
Dallas’ DeSagana Diop. Bryant was holding his wrist in pain, but it turned out
to be only that he hit his funny bone and remained in the game to make two
free throws.

Game Notes

The Lakers have lost four of their last six at Dallas…Vladimir Radmanovic
had 11 points for LA, which went 31-of-41 at the foul line.